Post # 1
So what does everyone think about a swing band? FH & I really want a band for the reception. We are not so fond of DJs. Unfortunately, the band we wanted was wayyy too expensive. Just last night a relative found a swing band that will pay for soo cheap for a band and not much more than the DJ we spoke to. I got a copy of one of their cds and the music is awesome! But, its all jazz, blues and swing. The catch is that they play their own original music and no requests. My other concern is that the guests will not either like the music or know how to dance to it. FH & I don’t even know how to dance to it…but we were planning on taking lessons anyway, so we would just take swing lessons instead of ballroom dancing ones! I want the guests to enjoy the music and not be miserable or uncomfortable. Also, im worried how stringent the band is with their music. My FH is concerned that it may be more like a "concert" than a wedding band. What does everyone think??
Post # 3
I think that would be fantastic! Of course, I love swing dancing, so that’s not saying much but I think the rest of your guests would all probably really enjoy it. Most people I know, regardless of dancing ability, can hardly keep still when there’s good swing music on.
Post # 4
I think it sounds fun overall! But if I were a guest, I would have no idea what to do, haha. I haven’t ever learned how to swing dance. Maybe you could provide some kind of quick lesson before the band plays? I know of places around here that are swing dance clubs but they have a quick 15 minute lesson for newbies. I think most people would have a LOT of fun with it though.
But I’d just think about your guests. Would they maybe know how to swing dance? Or would they at least be comfortable just doing their best?
The one thing that I think would be a bummer about this particular situation is no requests! That’d be kind of a dealbreaker for me.
Post # 5
That would be awesome! You could always employ an i-pod for their breaks and after the set!
Post # 6
I think it sounds like a ton of fun but a lot of your guests may not get up and dance. Unless you can get someone to give a little dance lesson right after dinner before the dancing begins.
I personally wouldn’t dance (’cause I don’t know how) but I would enjoy watching other people swing dance.
Or maybe you could take doctorgirls idea and maybe only hire the band for half the time and use your ipod for the second half.
Post # 7
i think its totally fun! but agree maybe just hire them for half of the time.
Post # 8
I think it will be great no matter what, but if you really want to get everyone dancing it would be super fun to offer a quick lesson at the beginning of the evening. Lots of dance organizations have poeple who will do this for pretty cheap. It would be a lot of "bang" for the buck and if I were a guest I would be thrilled!
Post # 9
I second the ipod idea for between sets (b/c they will take breaks). In fact, I’ve been to several weddings where they had a band and when the band went on break they (the band) arranged for interim music and there was just as much (if not more) dancing then.
Post # 10
I don’t understand why the band would play only their music and wouldn’t accommodate any music request: there is so many nice tunes that you could choose from swing, foxtot, quickstep, ballad etc… all very danceable!
You may want to widen your search and get a band who can provide entertainment that suit your requirements and make you party memorable.
When my sister got married, they contacted several bands and one of them stood out from the lot: you could choose the band size (from a trio to a 9 piece band or more) and from a large repertoire you could choose you songs or make any specific requests.
On the wedding party, the music provided was perfect and the band very professional. I got to know that the band singer had performed very high profile people and he hosted the evening with style (not cheesy at all), entousiasm and all guests were impressed by my sister choice of band.
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Post # 11
I had the same reservations about my jazz band. The band was awesome, but not as many people as I expected danced. It may be because there were more than 10 courses of food–so I’m going to stick with that. Of course, my mom gives me the reason that it’s because people didn’t know how to dance to “that kind of music,” which was the same reason that she gave to discourage me from hiring the band. I honestly don’t know where to go get “dance club” dancing lessons or “disco” dancing lessons, but apparently people know how to dance to “that kind of music.” Bottom line is that you should get the music you want for your wedding. My husband and I loved the vibe that the jazz band gave to our reception. It would have totally changed with a DJ or a traditional wedding band. It’s not like anyone’s going to be angry with you because you didn’t provide music that they knew how to dance to. Get the music you want and dance to your heart’s content! 🙂
Post # 12
eh… im not sure if I like that they don’t take requests. how long have you been looking for a band in your area? I’ve been looking for about 3 months and still have some options. Where are you located? most bands I’m finding are willing to travel up to 150 miles. I wouldn’t give up your search just after a few bands…
Post # 13
i think it would be fun, but if possible bring an ipod as a back up. Maybe you can incorporate a few songs from your ipod that you think will get everyone on the dance floor, and the band can start. And if you see no one dancing, just bust out a few more ipod tunes. I think the jazz band would be a lot of fun, but i too would worry about everyone dancing. i gues it just depends how adventurous you family it.